Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Morris County, New Joisey
Patch in butcher block top
We recently overhauled our kitchen a bit, & one of the changes was installing a walnut butcher block top on the island. (History: Originally, one end of the island had a lower height wine rack cabinet, which we had no use for, so I built a full height cabinet with shelves, & replaced the 2 pieces of granite with the full length walnut top)
The top arrived from the manufacturer with a small defect that had been filled in with some sort of whitish epoxy, glue, or whatever. Not a big deal, but I'd like to make it less noticeable.
I'm familiar with mixing sawdust with glue, CA, etc., to fill such defects, and I've also thought of cutting a small chip of walnut to glue into the hole (after digging out the current filler). I also have a supply of various colors of stick shellac that can be melted into such defects as a filler.
Just wondering if anyone has any firsthand experience with a similar problem, & what worked for you. I have pieces of walnut I can practice on, so I suppose I could just try all of the above & see what works, but I always like to know if I may be overlooking something better.
Pictures of the island & defect are attached. The filled area is about 1/2"-3/4" long.